I finally made it to the South Coast Lifeline Book Fair and was amazed at what I found. Not only is it well organised, the variety of titles available surprised me. Of course I headed straight for the Young Adult and Pre-Teen sections.
I found lots of recent releases, merchandising related books, classic works and wonderful Australian titles by friends, colleagues and heroes. Many of the books were in as new condition. For our underfunded public school libraries, the Book Fair would be a good place to source additional titles. I saw many past CBCA and other award winners waiting for a second home.
So what did I buy?
A Bridge to Wiseman's Cove by James Malony - A CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers in 1997. One I had always intended to read. (And now I have!)
Letters from the Inside by John Marsden - another one on my long term list.
The Starthorn Tree by Kate Forsyth - I've been reading all Kate's later work and the cover was too magical to resist.
Two iconic Australian works of fiction:
People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks
That Deadman Dance - Kim Scott
And two non-fiction for future research and historical fiction ideas -
The Year China Discovered the World - Gaven Menzies (1421!)
The Viking World - James Graeme Campbell.
All for $31. It's win-win. Some wonderful books get a second wind and Lifeline raises much needed funds for its essential services.
So if you love books, try and make it to a Lifeline Book Fair. If you live in the Illawarra the next South Coast Book Fair is in October. Here is a list of other dates and locations.